As 34 Innocent People Set Free, 2nd Video of Baltimore Cops Planting Evidence Discovered

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Baltimore, MD — After their department gained national shame last week over a video showing an officer plant drugs to frame an innocent man while his fellow cops watched, the Baltimore police department is now under fire again. This time, the Baltimore Public Defender’s office has a second video that allegedly “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.”

Last week, it was announced that nearly three dozen people will have their charges dropped after the video of Officer Richard Pinheiro showed him planting drugs while Officers Hovhannes Simonyan and Jamal Brunson stood by and did nothing.

Following the public release of the video, 34 cases were immediately dismissed that relied on the testimony of Pinheiro, Simonyan and Brunson. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby noted that just 12 of the cases have enough evidence to continue moving forward, while an additional 77 are under review.

Pinheiro has since been suspended, while Simonyan and Brunson have only been placed on administrative duty.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

The new video involves different officers, the public defender’s office said. The officers were not named.

Melissa Rothstein, a spokeswoman for the public defender’s office, said the latest video shows a co-defendant of her office’s client. That person is not represented by the public defender’s office. Therefore, the office is not releasing the footage, she said.

The public defender’s office said the related case that was dropped Monday involved seven officers, though Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s office has only referred two officers to the police department’s Internal Affairs division.

Melba Saunders, a spokeswoman for Mosby, confirmed prosecutors had referred two officers to Internal Affairs, saying they “had questions” about the video. But she also urged caution in assessing the officers’ actions “as deceptive and/or a credibility issue” before a thorough review is conducted.

“Pending the Baltimore Police Department’s investigation pertaining to the officer’s conduct, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office is requesting postponements on all cases involving the officers,” Saunders said. “We look forward to continuing the advancement and pursuit of justice for all.”

However, even after prosecutors watched Pinheiro plant the evidence in the video, they still had him testify in another case, just days later. So, the idea that they are working toward the “advancement and pursuit of justice for all,” is laughable.

“They had knowledge. They watched it and were appalled by what was on the video, and then for whatever reason made the choice to continue to call him as a witness,” said Public Defender Debbie Katz Levi.

Exactly why he wasn’t immediately arrested and thrown in jail after being seen on his own body camera planting drugs to frame an innocent man remains a mystery. And now, the Baltimore police department is being tight lipped on this new video once again.

Levi, who heads the special litigation section in the Baltimore public defender office, slammed Mosby’s office for a “lack of transparency” about the number of videos of concern that have been found, according to the Sun.

“The lack of transparency to the public and refusal to disclose to the defense both prejudices defendants and violates the prosecutor’s constitutional obligations,” Levi said. “Hundreds of individuals are awaiting trial on cases that rely on these officers, and hundreds more have likely been convicted based on their testimony.”

As you watch the video below, remember Levi’s words above — “hundreds of individuals” have been kidnapped and caged by these cops. Some of them are fathers and mothers, who had their lives ruined because of it. Still, somehow, authorities in Baltimore still refer to this entire process as ‘justice.’

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  • stone cruiser

    Wonder if mosby will cover for some of them.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    But. . . But. . . All druggies are badevil people who should be violently abused and beaten and tazed and shot and locked away from the rest of society for ever and ever !

    • NonYo Business

      They “deserve” to be falsely accused and imprisoned because they dont give ossifers proper respect.

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    These are the CRIMINALS that Jeff Sessions wants to give more Asset Forfeiture Powers to. You think we got enough Police State already Jeffy? …FAKE Conservative.

  • TrevorD

    `What it is be Human`, sometimes I am so ashamed to be labelled as such.

  • Ratcraft

    These videos have been altered with CGI. Planting evidence to ensnare these policemen. It’s a travesty.

  • Uncle Hormone

    The Gestapo and SMERSH / Stasi Nazis posing as Police need to go!
    IF this happens in your town, then the Citizen Militia needs to go and take control of the Police, Sheriff, etc. just as they did in Tennessee some years ago!

  • Uncle Hormone

    Search & Illegal Seizure is usually accomplished by the cops planting evidence.
    If any cop tries to plant evidence on me, then perhaps that cop will soon be planted into the ground, based upon the US Constitution in defending both you and the document from tyrannical dictatorship, and violations of one’s Bill of Rights!
    See the website Privatel for a whole listing of police abuses being enacted on the citizenry!
    Consult with your lawyer, and make emergency / contingent arrangements in the event you need to defend yourselves against unscrupulous cops!
    and ALWAYS carry a weapon to fend off their attacks if they decide to violate your rights, or use illegal search and seizure!

  • Mike

    Happens every single day of the week all over the country. cops have to have a reason to exist. So if they can’t find one they make one.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      “Show me the man, and I’ll find you the crime.”” – Lavrentiy Beria

      • Mike


  • Saddy

    Maybe the rioter weren’t all wrong.

  • jimmy joe

    the so-called “qualified immunity” is a major reason this shit keeps happening!! It sure as hell does NOT fly in my book. If they had to prove everything they say as FACT, this shit would end, As it is, whatever they say HAS TO BE FACT, no need to prove anything. Nothing in our constitution , NOTHING about “qualified immunity”!! Totally made up nonsense!! I absolutely HATE the us govt and all the nazi’s that come with it!!!

  • SP_88

    Cops used to be respected members of society who took the “protect and serve” part of their job seriously. And sure, there were a few bad apples here and there, but the vast majority of them were good people.
    But not anymore. You can’t tell who to trust these days. It’s bad enough that people are being arrested for possession of marijuana, a complete non-crime that hurts no one and there’s no victim, as well as many other things that should not be against the law, but to stoop so low as to plant evidence just to make an arrest is absolutely pathetic.
    And the fact that these dirty cops are not being immediately arrested and put in jail just goes to show that they really do think they are above the law. If anything, the police should be held to an even higher standard than ordinary citizens, because they are the ones responsible for enforcing the law. And when cops violate that trust, it’s a much bigger problem than if a civilian does it.
    Typically, when the consequences of someone’s actions are more serious, the punishment is more severe, to deter such behavior. And the consequences of a police officer planting evidence on an innocent person is very serious. It calls into question everything that officer has ever done. And it destroys the public’s trust in the entire police department. Especially when other police officers can be seen going along with it.
    You would think that the chief of police would want to make an example of this officer, to restore the public’s trust and to ensure that this never happens again. To protect this officer and stand up for him is a big “fuck you” to the community. And so is allowing him to continue to give testimony that will help convict someone who could be innocent.
    That information should have been available to the defendant and his/her lawyer. It would seriously call into question his entire testimony against the accused. And not only that, but when other people see that the prosecutor is using a dirty cop to give testimony against a defendant, their outrage will hopefully send a message to the police department and the court that this breach of trust will not be tolerated. And the case against that person should be thrown out, unless there is some other evidence that proves their guilt, in which case they don’t need to use a dirty cop to give testimony, which they shouldn’t do anyway, obviously.
    BTW, why is it ok for this cop to be in possession of illegal drugs, when they are arresting people for having them? Obviously if a cop makes an arrest of someone with drugs, and I mean a legitimate arrest, and they have to confiscate the drugs, then they have no choice but to transport the drugs to the police department and put them into evidence. But obviously this cop was in possession of illegal drugs for reasons that had nothing to do with his job. And that makes him guilty of possession of a controlled substance on top of planting evidence to frame an innocent person. I realize that it’s nothing compared to planting evidence, but it shouldn’t be overlooked or forgotten about.

    • Large McBighuge

      “Cops used to be respected members of society who took the “protect and serve” part of their job seriously.”

      Let me correct that for you. “Cops have always been Piles of Garbage. They have never taken the “protect and serve” part seriously”..

      There. Fixed the first line for you.

  • IQ140

    Cops, criminals no difference.